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Barcelona grant Coutinho extended break amid Arsenal, Spurs interest

Philippe Coutinho has been granted an extra leave of absence from Barcelona's preseason.

The Brazilian was a notable absence from Monday's training session, the first under new boss Ronald Koeman.

Eagled-eyed supporters had taken the news as a hint that Coutinho could be sealing a transfer from the Camp Nou.

But it has been revealed by football.london that Coutinho was given a few extra days off after his loan spell with Bayern Munich.

Arsenal and Tottenham have been linked with the playmaker this summer.

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